Orchestra puts on a Lawrence High Oktoberfest

Orchestra raises funds for trip to Chicago with Oktoberfest


Orchestra teacher Mariah Barnett conducts for the orchestra at their Oktoberfest on October 7.

By Anahita Hurt, Online Co-Editor-in-Chief

This year, Orchestra held an Oktoberfest on Sunday, October 7th, as a fundraiser for their trip to Chicago.

They provided a variety of activities, including music, food, and games, such as pie in the face and face painting.

“Oktoberfest is a fundraiser that takes place on trip years to help raise funds for the orchestra trip,” Orchestra teacher Mariah Barnett said. “There [were] games with prizes, Chicago themed concessions (Chicago dogs and deep dish pizza), as well as concerts put on by the Concert, Philharmonic, and Symphonic orchestras.”

Students did a lot of work, coming up with many of the ideas and working the event, but the orchestra directors, Barnett and Clark, led the event.

“A lot of the ideas are generated by students, but the overall organization is done by the orchestra directors, myself and Mr. Clark,” Barnett said. “Students are going to be running games, assisting with food prep, taking/selling tickets, and performing, but the overall lead is taken by the directors.”

Oktoberfest is not the only means of raising funds for the Chicago trip.

“We had a mattress sale on September 22 and will also use money that was raised from the fine arts fun run, serenade your sweethearts, and the Gala concert,” Barnett said.

The event was a success, selling over 1,200 tickets and making more than $1,200.

“Oktoberfest went really well!” Barnett said. “Everyone who came out had a great time, we gave away 28 cakes, sold over 1200 tickets, and the food was delicious. Each orchestra that played did a wonderful job and it was nice to have this chance to be more involved with the LHS community. We made roughly $1,300 on this fundraiser!”